CHANDLER, Arizona — Fremont High School put Clovis (Fresno, California) in an early hole and the Cougars never recovered Thursday at the Nike Tournament of Champions.
Fremont broke two a 17-4 first-quarter lead and went on to down Clovis 39-35. The win improves the Tigers to 2-1 in the tournament and advances them to Friday’s 4:30 game against either Bonita Vista of Chula Vista, California, or Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento.
The Tigers took the 13-point advantage into the second quarter, but Clovis responded with a 10-0 run to get back into contention
“We went five minutes without scoring and just had too many empty possessions,” Fremont coach Tony Weinandt said. “They applied a lot of pressure. We handled it early and got off to a great start, but then we turned it over a few times and that led to some easy baskets. That let them get back into the game.”
The Tigers hit 8 of 22 shots from the field while building a 22-15 halftime lead. Clovis was limited to 30 percent shooting (7 of 23).
“Overall, we played pretty good team defense against another quick, athletic team,” Weinandt said.
The Tigers led 28-22 entering the final quarter. Avery Evans of the Cougars hit a pair of free throws to trim Fremont’s lead to 35-29 with 4:01 left. Taylor Correa’s put-back basket made it 35-31 with 2:21 remaining.
Sophomore Sydney Golladay and Midland University recruit Sam Shepard combined to hit three free throws to help the Tigers go up 38-33. Emma Shepard then went 1-for-2 from the line to stretch the advantage to six. The Cougars got a meaningless basket at the buzzer to account for the final margin.
“Aside from the great team effort, something that our coaching staff was really proud of was that each time Clovis made a run, we were able to respond,” Weinandt said.
Senior Camerin Inselman was one rebound short of recording her second-straight double-double. She finished with 12 points and nine boards. Sam Shepard added 12 points, three assists six rebounds and four steals. Golladay had seven points, four rebounds and three assists while Logan Voss had four points, three assists, five rebounds and four steals.
The Tigers outrebounded Clovis 28-27. The Cougars committed 15 turnovers, compared to 17 for FHS.
Jasmine Heu led Clovis with 12 points. Tatiana Ong added eight points.
The win improves the Tigers to 4-3.
Fremont 17 5 6 11 — 39
Clovis 4 11 6 14 — 35
FREMONT — Camerin Inselman 12, Sam Shepard 12, Emma Shepard 4, Sydney Golladay 7, Logan Voss 4.
CLOVIS — Jasmine Heu 12, Tatiana Ong 8, Avery Evans 4, Taylor Correa 2, Clarissa Jorgensen 6, Liane Matsunaga 3.